Research Notes
Tobacco cessation education for pharmacists: Face-to-face presentations versus live webinars
Karen Suchanek Hudmon; Matthew A. Hoch; Frank M. Vitale; Kimberly R. Wahl; Robin L. Corelli; Carl de Moor
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2014;54:42-44. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2014.13001
View Author Identification Section
Karen Suchanek Hudmon: Karen Suchanek Hudmon, DrPH, MS, Professor, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
Matthew A. Hoch: Matthew A. Hoch, PharmD, MS, Research Assistant, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
Frank M. Vitale: Frank M. Vitale, MA, Senior Instructor, School of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, at the time this study was conducted; currently National Director, Pharmacy Partnership for Tobacco Cessation, Pittsburgh, PA
Kimberly R. Wahl: Kimberly R. Wahl, PharmD, student pharmacist, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN, at the time this study was conducted; currently Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
Robin L. Corelli: Robin L. Corelli, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco
Carl de Moor: Carl de Moor, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN


Objective  To assess the perceived effectiveness of tobacco cessation continuing education for pharmacists in face-to-face presentation versus live webinar modalities.

Methods  A continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activity, Do Ask, Do Tell: A Practical Approach to Smoking Cessation, was offered in face-to-face and live webinar modalities. Following the activity, participants completed a brief questionnaire that assessed the anticipated impact of the activity on their smoking cessation counseling practices.

Results  Of the 1,088 CPE participants, 819 (75%) attended a face-to-face presentation and 269 (25%) participated in a live webinar. Posttraining self-rated ability to address tobacco use was similar between groups ( P = 0.38), and both the face-to-face and live webinar groups reported a significant difference between pre- and posttraining abilities ( P < 0.05 for both groups). Attendees of the face-to-face presentation reported higher likelihoods of providing each of the individual tasks required to provide an effective, brief tobacco cessation intervention ( P < 0.05 for each task).

Conclusion  These data suggest that more value exists in face-to-face education than live webinars when personal and interactive skills are the focus of the activity.

Sign In
APhA Members 
Welcome to JAPhA.org! Please log in below using your APhA username and password. Update your APhA profile.
Not a Subscriber
New to JAPhA? Become an APhA member to receive a full subscription to both the print and online editions.


Register for a FREE limited account to benefit from personalization features such as alerts.


Hudmon KS, Prokhorov AV, Corelli RL.  Tobacco cessation counseling: pharmacists’ opinions and practices.  Patient Educ Couns.  2006; 61( 1): 152– 60. [CrossRef][PubMed]
Corelli RL, Fenlon CM, Kroon LA, et al.  Evaluation of a train-the-trainer program for tobacco cessation.  Am J Pharm Educ.  2007; 71( 6): 109. [CrossRef][PubMed]
McBane SE, Corelli RL, Albano CB, et al.  The role of academic pharmacy in tobacco cessation and control.  Am J Pharm Educ.  2013; 77( 5): 93. [CrossRef][PubMed]
Cook DA, Levinson AJ, Garside S, et al.  Internet-based learning in the health professions: a meta-analysis.  JAMA.  2008; 300( 10): 1181– 96. [CrossRef][PubMed]
Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al.  Treating tobacco use and dependence: 2008 update.  Rockville, MD:  Department of Health & Human Services;  2008.
Corelli RL, Kroon LA, Chung EP, et al.  Statewide evaluation of a tobacco cessation curriculum for pharmacy students.  Prev Med.  2005; 40( 6): 888– 95. [CrossRef][PubMed]
Regents of the University of California. Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation. http://rxforchange.ucsf.edu. Accessed  December 3, 2013.
Martin BA, Chewing BA.  Evaluating pharmacists’ ability to counsel on tobacco cessation using two standardized patient scenarios.  Patient Educ Couns.  2011; 83( 3): 318– 24. [CrossRef]
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Please read the other comments before you post yours. Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discertion of the editorial staff.
* = Required Field
(if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
Example: John Doe

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

JAPhA Articles
Topic Collections
PubMed Articles
  • Print
  • PDF Download
  • Email
  • Share
  • Get Citation
  • Submit Comment
  • Article Alerts
    Please Wait... Processing your request... Please Wait.
    You must sign in to sign-up for alerts.

    Please confirm that your email address is correct, so you can successfully receive this alert.

  • Letters To Editor
  • Reprints